National Farmers Union Newsletter (May 2011)

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National Farmers Union Newsletter (May 2011)

  1. 1. National Farmers Union e-newsletter https://ui.constantcontact.com/visualeditor/visual_editor_preview.jsp?age... You may unsubscribe if you no longer wish to receive our emails. Issue Number 72 May 30, 2011 In this issue... NFU Urges Congress to Roll Back Cuts to Ag Programs NFU President Roger Johnson urged Congress to restore funding to NFU to Congress: certain agriculture programs that were severely cut in the U.S. House of GIPSA Rule Should Go Representatives agriculture appropriations bill. In a letter to the House Forward Appropriations Committee, Johnson said that the long-term costs of the cuts outweigh the short-term benefits. Under the proposed NFU VP of appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2012, agricultures budget will have Government Relations been cut 26 percent in the last two years. Praises Community Wind Projects at "Fiscal responsibility should not entail cutting costs to realize short-term Conference savings that result in increased long-term expenses," said Johnson. "NFU members know the importance of balancing a budget and prioritizing Vote for Your Favorite expenditures but we believe the proposed agriculture spending cuts will Foods be a serious mistake as we try to emerge from the economic downturn." Save the Date In addition to making severe cuts to important agriculture and nutrition OwnEnergy/NFU programs, the appropriations bill contains a rider that would prevent Alliance implementation of the proposed GIPSA Rule. See us on Flickr "The GIPSA rule proposes to restore competition to the livestock and poultry marketplace and is long overdue," said Johnson. "USDA proposed Biogas East and the rule in June 2010 to implement provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill that Midwest Conference called for enforcement the 90-year-old Packers and Stockyards Act. Now is not the time for further delay." NFU Education NFU Gear Funding for agricultural research, rural development, conservation programs, and nutrition were all cut significantly in the appropriations Farmers Share bill, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Food and Drug Administration were funded well below the levels necessary to fulfill their Price Barometer important regulatory obligations. Johnson urged Congress to ensure that funding reductions be proportionate across all federal program areas and Quick Links that agriculture is not unfairly burdened with cuts. NFU website NFU President Roger Johnson sent a letter to all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives last week urging them to allow U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to continue implementing the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule. The letter was in response to a letter sent by some members of Congress to Secretary Vilsack on May 18 asking1 of 8 6/6/2011 12:37 PM
  2. 2. National Farmers Union e-newsletter https://ui.constantcontact.com/visualeditor/visual_editor_preview.jsp?age... that the proposed GIPSA rule be scrapped and that a new rule be written. "The packer-producer and meat packing industries have been wrongly arguing that the 110th Congress rejected the provision that was passed Subscribe to Our in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 under the Livestock e-newsletter Title," said Johnson. "This action requested by the members of Congress is unfortunately based on inaccurate information. Members of Congress were given ample opportunities to propose amendments, vote the bill down on the floor of each body, and to vote against the conference report. This bill even overrode two presidential vetoes, requiring a two-thirds majority vote in both the Senate and House. The 110th Congress strongly supported this bill, including the GIPSA provisions." Take Action! Johnson called on members of Congress to stand up for family farmers and slow the decline in the number of livestock operations across the country. Thirty years ago there were 1.3 million beef cattle operations. Today there are only 740,000. In 1980, there were 660,000 hog farms. Today there are only 67,000. Last year alone, approximately 2,300 additional hog producers went out of business. NFU News Releases "The members of the 112th Congress have the same opportunity to stand up and support rural America," said Johnson. "They can support the rulemaking process that more than 60,000 Americans took their time to comment on in order to have their voices heard. Asking USDA to re-propose the rule would be telling those Americans that their voices were not the ones we wanted to hear." Farmers Union Click here to view PDF of the letter Insurance NFU on Facebook NFU Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule addressed attendees of the Windpower 2011 conference in Anaheim, Calif., sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Goule was one of three panelists on a panel entitled "Community Wind: Power for NFU on Twitter People." "NFU has long been an advocate for community wind projects, and with good reason," said Goule. "Community wind projects produce 2.6 times as many jobs and 3.1 times as much economic benefit compared to wind projects with outside ownership." NFU on Flickr Goule also highlighted NFUs partnership with OwnEnergy, which allows NFU members to become involved with a community wind project. NFU e-newsletter Staff: "NFU has teamed up with community wind developer OwnEnergy to build and operate community wind projects across the country," said Goule. Melisa Augusto, "Community wind projects are great for rural America because they give Director of farmers and ranchers an additional revenue stream while simultaneously Communications producing clean energy. We are very excited about the possibilities for rural America that are created by community wind, and seek public Tony Jarboe, policy opportunities to encourage community wind across the U.S." Communications Coordinator2 of 8 6/6/2011 12:37 PM
  3. 3. National Farmers Union e-newsletter https://ui.constantcontact.com/visualeditor/visual_editor_preview.jsp?age... NFU is co-sponsoring Roll Calls "A Taste of America" event. Click here to log on and vote for your favorite foods from around the United States! Voting is done in an NCAA-tournament-style bracket. See the Round 2 winners and make sure your vote is counted in Round 3 as the field narrows. Send your favorite cuisine to the next round! Mark your calendars for two important Farmers Union activities: Fall Legislative Fly-In Sept. 12-14, 2011 Washington, D.C. 110th Anniversary Convention March 4-7, 2012 Omaha, Neb. Contact Melisa Augusto at maugusto@nfudc.org for more details OwnEnergy and National Farmers Union have launched a new website portal for members! This website allows members to register and log in to participate in live chats with wind developers, participate in blogs on various topics related to the industry and learn more about many areas of wind development in our knowledge center. If you are interested in wind energy, please log on! When you sign up with OwnEnergy as an NFU Member, you get access to these helpful and useful resources: Access premium content in the OwnEnergy Knowledge Center Participate in Live Chats with OwnEnergy and other NFU members Read the Wind Development Blog Join a wind development specialist each Thursday for a live chat. Log in anytime 4-6 p.m. EST to have your questions answered Click here or go to www.yourownwindfarm.com for more information. Check us out on Flickr! Click here to view and download photos from NFUs fly-in and other recent events.3 of 8 6/6/2011 12:37 PM
  4. 4. National Farmers Union e-newsletter https://ui.constantcontact.com/visualeditor/visual_editor_preview.jsp?age... Biogas USA East June 21-22, 2011 Chicago, United States www.greenpowerconferences.com/biogasUSAEast Creating a Growing East Coast Market Join Biogas USA East in Chicago this June as they leverage the huge potential of landfill gas on the East coast and growing farm/co-digestion AD projects in the neighboring states. This key event will bring together leaders of the US biogas industry to examine how to develop commercially successful biogas projects and address the latest technological advances in production. For more information visit their website at www.greenpowerconferences.com/biogasUSAEast Biogas USA EAST 2011 event features presentations from leading experts including: Keynote policies & finance addresses from: Rachel Goldstein, Team Leader, Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), US EPA Chandler Goule, Vice President of Government Affairs & Head Lobbyist, NFU Chris Cassidy, National Business Renewable Energy Advisor, USDA Rural Development Jon Best, Senior International Account Manager, Renewable Energy, Cat Power Finance Utilities strategies for biogas: Anthony LaRusso, Manager, Sustainable Gas Group, National Grid Ronald Kent, Technology Development Manager - Major Demonstrations, Sempra Utilities Andrew McVie, Business Development Manager, Terasen Gas Plus insight analysis & case studies from feedstock producers and biogas developers: Douglas Carruthers, Senior Vice President, Organic Resource Management Dale L. Doerr, Wastewater Superintendent, Sheboygan Regional WWTP Michael Bakas, Senior Vice President, Renewable Energy, Ameresco Kelly Sarber, Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Management,4 of 8 6/6/2011 12:37 PM
  5. 5. National Farmers Union e-newsletter https://ui.constantcontact.com/visualeditor/visual_editor_preview.jsp?age... Representing Port of San Diego Dean Olson, Resource Recovery & Energy Division Director, Will County Land Use Department Mark Stoermann, Project Manager, Fair Oaks Dairy Farms John W. Logan, Director, Brinson Farms Why attend? · Discover the full market potential for large scale biogas production · Identify the challenges and opportunities in developing profitable biogas projects · Understand the latest legislation and policy developments for biogas development · Hear the latest developments in agricultural, landfill and waste biogas · Find out how companies are upgrading biogas for grid connection and transportation · Hear about cutting edge technologies in anaerobic digestion and plant optimization · First class networking opportunities: 800+ past attendees · Meet potential investors, clients, partners and suppliers · Have your questions answered by the experts during interactive sessions Click here to register for the event. Enter the promo code NFU20 for a 20 percent discount. 2011 ACE Institute Opening New Doors Please join cooperative educators in Winnipeg, Manitoba July 26-29 for this years ACE Institute, themed "Opening New Doors." With an exciting lineup of speakers, this years Institute will feature presentation on educating about the cooperative advantage inside co-ops, within the classroom and throughout society. New university programs; multi- stakeholder co-operatives redefining sustainable business and services; mobilizing people and ideas using social media; investing in co-ops - come learn and discuss the ideas that make the co-op model effective and the examples that are reshaping our economy. Online registration can be found at: http://web.me.com/clchamberlaincom/ACE_Institute/Registration.html5 of 8 6/6/2011 12:37 PM
  6. 6. National Farmers Union e-newsletter https://ui.constantcontact.com/visualeditor/visual_editor_preview.jsp?age... Financial assistance can be found at: Ralph Morrison Foundation (http://www.ralphkmorrisfoundation.org/morris_app_guide.asp) or the ACE Scholarship (http://web.me.com/clchamberlaincom /ACE_Institute/Scholarships_files/ACE%20Scholarship_EN.pdf) Register Now for All-States Anniversary Celebration All-States Leadership Camp will celebrate 75 years this year. Be a part of our celebration on Saturday, July 16. Bring your family! All are welcome. Details and registration (required) on the event can be found at http://www.nfu.org/education/events/all-states- leadership-camp. All-States Camp Alumni Profile: Audrey Rosenbrock Being a member of the National Farmers Union Youth Advisory Council in the 1980s was a prestigious honor for Audrey Rosenbrock. The experiences from attending All-States Camp in Bailey, Colo., are some of the greatest memories that she cherishes to this day. "The people I served with on that council are some of the greatest people I have ever met. That week was the highlight of my summer!" said Rosenbrock. Rosenbrock was the lone representative from Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) and enjoyed meeting people from other states like North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Texas. "I remember how much fun and energetic the camp counselors and staff were, especially when we dressed up for each theme night," said Rosenbrock. During class sessions, Rosenbrock learned about the importance of cooperation and teamwork throughout the week of camp activities. The education from All-States Camp heightened Rosenbrocks confidence and had a huge impact on her life. It empowered her to listen, learn, and lead others in her life during college, in her job, and in her community. Rosenbrock credits her experience on NYAC with her decision to work as a counselor. She serves as a counselor for a variety of camps, including Pioneer Camp for senior citizens, All-States Camps, and RMFU youth camps for many years. Rosenbrocks daughter, Darla, is currently serving on the NFU Youth Advisory Council this summer.6 of 8 6/6/2011 12:37 PM
  7. 7. National Farmers Union e-newsletter https://ui.constantcontact.com/visualeditor/visual_editor_preview.jsp?age... Check out the NFU store on our home page by clicking here or by visiting www.nfu.org and following the link to the "NFU Store" on the lower left. Get discounted Cabelas merchandise with the National Farmers Union logo or with your states Farmers Union logo. Farmers Share of Retail Food Dollar April 2011 Retail Farmers Product (unit) Price Share Change Multi-purpose Flour (5 lbs.).........................$2.99.......$0.97.........+ Bread (Wonder, 1 lb. loaf)..........................$3.99.......$0.19.........+ Wheaties, (15 oz.).....................................$5.29........$0.13........+ Beer, Miller Lite, 6 pack...............................$6.49........$0.04........- Soda (corn) 2 liter cola..............................$1.09........$0.11........+ Milk (1 gallon, fat free)................................$3.99........$1.69........+ Potatoes (Russet, 10 lbs.)**......................$5.49........$0.73........+ Potato Chips (Lays Classic 13.5 oz.)**.......$3.99........$0.22........+ Cheddar Cheese (1 lb.)**...........................$4.49.......N/A............+ Boneless Ham (per lb.)................................$3.99.......$0.92........+ Bacon (1 lb.)..............................................$4.99.......$0.92.........+ Top Sirloin Steak (1 lb.)...............................$8.49.......$1.93........+ Eggs (1 doz. AA-L).....................................$2.79.......$1.08.........+ Carrots (fresh. 2 lbs.)..................................$3.30.......$1.39.........+ Lettuce (head, 2 lbs.).................................$2.79.......$0.35........- * Retail prices: based on store brand except where noted from Safeway, Washington, D.C., April 29, 2011. ** Potato Farmers Share reflects March prices. Change indicates increase or decrease in farmers share from the previous month. View a printable version of Farmers Share. Taken from "Agricultural Prices," USDA/NASS. April 2011 Current Parity % of Commodity Price Price Parity Crops7 of 8 6/6/2011 12:37 PM
  8. 8. National Farmers Union e-newsletter https://ui.constantcontact.com/visualeditor/visual_editor_preview.jsp?age... Barley (bushel).................4.62...........11.60..........40 Corn (bushel)...................6.40...........10.40..........62 Cotton, Upland (lb) ..........0.839..........1.93...........43 Flaxseed (bushel).............13.20..........27.70.........48 Oats (bushel)....................3.04...........6.80...........50 Peanuts (lb).....................0.232..........0.734.........32 Rice (cwt)........................14.00.........44.30..........32 Sorghum Grain (cwt).........11.80.........18.30..........64 Soybeans (bushel)............12.80.........25.80...........50 Wheat (bushel).................8.18...........16.50..........50 Livestock Cattle (cwt)......................120.00.........275.00.......44 Hogs (cwt).......................67.10..........150.00........45 Lambs (cwt)*..................169.00..........318.00.......55 Dairy/Poultry Eggs, (dozen)...................1.050.............2.47........44 Milk, All (cwt)...................16.10............49.50........43 Milk, Mfg. (cwt)*...............N/A..............44.80........N/A *Lamb and manufacturing milk prices are one month behind all other prices in this analysis. ** Egg Prices are Mid-month in this analysis. Taken from "Agricultural Prices," USDA/NASS. 20 F Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001 www.nfu.org This email was sent to maugusto@nfudc.org by news@nfudc.org | Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. National Farmers Union | 20 F Street NW | Suite 300 | Washington | DC | 200018 of 8 6/6/2011 12:37 PM

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